Les Bleues final test: Flying to Australia

Les Bleues final test: Flying to Australia

The France team challenges Ireland in Dublin this Thursday, two days before leaving for Australia.

Test yourself and fine-tune the details before the big start. The France team travels to Dublin with 23 players for a match on Thursday (9 p.m.) against Ireland, the final preparation before leaving for Australia and the World Cup (July 20 – August 20). Les Bleues landed in the Irish capital on Wednesday, the day after the announcement of Hervé Renard’s final list for Australia, which does not include Oriane Jean-François, package, nor Aïssatou Tounkara and Mylène Chavas, dismissed.

The coach had to do without the services of Jean-François, a promising young midfielder from Paris Saint-Germain, who had been reduced for several weeks by an adductor injury. After integrating them into an expanded list of 26, he left out Tounkara, who was very little used at Manchester United, and Chavas, fourth goalkeeper behind Pauline Peyraud-Magnin, Constance Picaud and Solène Durand. The two discardedwill however remain reservists until Saturday July 22“, 24 hours before the first match against Jamaica (July 23 in Sydney), the regulatory date for the final changes in the event of a package, according to the Federation.

Game Preparation

Thursday, the match at Tallaght Stadium will mark the end of more than two weeks of intense preparation at the Clairefontaine training center, where the legs and bodies have suffered. Games with or without the ball, tactical set-up, high-intensity physical training: the two weeks left time to prepare physically and fine-tune the tactical details. But above all to work on the mental aspect, which the French women may have missed during the last competitions, in the words of Hervé Renard. A first sketch will therefore be perceptible on Thursday in Dublin, in particular on the state of form of certain players, Amandine Henry in the lead.

We’re all waiting for that. The field, the preparation, it’s important and we do it with pleasure, but nothing beats the match“Explained Tuesday to AFP Gilles Fouache, assistant coach and coach of the goalkeepers. « The first preparation match is always expected by everyone, even if we know that it is something that comes within the preparation for a competition« . For Amel Majri, an OL and Les Bleues executive, this meeting is « important« because it will allow »to validate the achievements that we worked on between us during the two weeks of preparation, but also the new things put in place« . The match will give above alla taste of what awaits us, because nothing replaces the match and the competitions“, she explained to AFP on Tuesday.

Les Bleues, passing through Paris on Friday, will take off on Saturday during the day for Australia. They will play a final preparation match on July 14 against the host country, in Melbourne. « When we train a lot like that, we like to have a match that brings us into the competition, we are in a hurry to play this match that will launch us into this World Cup“, underlined to AFP Naomie Feller, the young 21-year-old striker from Real Madrid, kept by Hervé Renard for the adventure in Oceania.

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